The importance of being able to communicate effectively, whether it is in written or oral form cannot be overstated. Studying English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society; for these reasons English forms a central part of the curriculum here at Sir William Romney’s School with students having at least 6 hours of English teaching by an English specialist a fortnight. The curriculum from Year 7 through to Year 11 is designed so that these crucial skills of Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening are developed, not only to prepare students for their GCSE in English but to allow them to achieve their full potential across the curriculum and the world beyond school.
Students develop their skills in Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening. They will follow wide ranging schemes of work which include class readers such as ‘Private Peaceful’ and ‘Room 13’; and creating a multimedia advertising campaign. Throughout all units there will be regular development of technical accuracy in written and oral communication.
They also have one lesson per fortnight in the school library; during this lesson they will develop library skills, research skills and read both fiction and non-fiction texts. They are assessed at regular intervals and given targets to work on which they record and track in the front of their exercise books.
Please see detailed information for each year group below.
Students study two GCSEs – English Language and English Literature. All students will be entered for both qualifications and complete linear examinations at the end of the two year course.
Students will study narrative, descriptive and non-fiction writing types; a range of literary texts including prose, poetry and drama; the use of spoken language in a range of situations and contexts; and will learn skills of analysis and evaluation. They will be set homework every week and will be expected to complete wider reading and additional notes in their own time.
Please see detailed information about the GCSE English Language and Literature qualifications below.